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“Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty, quality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition, bigotry, lust, tyranny, and despotism.”
– Worshipful Brother Theodore Roosevelt

Freemasonry is often defined as a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols. The system must be practiced to be understood. It is arguably impossible to explain what it means to be a Mason unless one has had the experience of being one.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Sojourner Kilwinning Lodge No. 1798, or any other lodge in the District of Columbia. In that case, the first step is to either know or get to know two members of the desired Lodge who will agree to sign your petition as a Proposer and Seconder to receive the degrees of Freemasonry or—if you are already a Mason—to affiliate. Please get in touch with the Lodge Secretary at for more information about our lodge, or you may contact the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia to learn about other lodges in the District.

The Key Tenets of Freemasonry

  • Brotherly Love: A true Freemason ought to show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and be kind to and understanding his fellow human beings.
  • Relief: Freemasons are taught to practice charity, not only for their own but also for the community at large.
  • Truth: Freemasons are taught to search for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

    What are the benefits of becoming a Freemason?

    Freemasonry makes good men better. It allows for a higher quality of life with a focus on:
    1. Moral Self-Improvement
    2. Brotherhood
    3. Community Service
    4. Relief and Charity to Others
    5. Relief and Charity to Each Other
    6. Leadership Skills
    7. Education
    8. Mentorship